Although Defence facilities in the Murray Riverina are predominantly centred around Wagga Wagga, there is a strong industry base in the Albury Wodonga region in advanced manufacturing, communications and technologies. Defence industry in the Murray Riverina is focused on military training, specialised contract engineering, propellant and military explosive manufacturing and includes;
- specialised engineering and electronics
- technical, non-technical and recruitment training
- helicopter airframe structures, maintenance and component overhaul
- target technologies
- remote control systems manufacturing
- munitions disposal
Why focus on Defence and defence industry?
Defence investment is already one of the drivers of employment and economic growth in many regional centres. The defence industry is a major employer and attractor of skilled workers in regional NSW and the local economy also benefits from the movement of skilled workers out of Defence and defence industries into local education and technology-dependent sectors.
NSW is also critical to Defence. It has the industrial base, transport and communications infrastructure, workforce and world-class research and development establishments to support Defence, now and into the future.